This is a WIDE country with lots of states to pass through from one coast to the other, especially if the preferred route is mostly back roads. My last post left off about midway across Texas.
Turkey, Texas – Home of Bob Wills. He and his band toured in the bus shown above.
Texas back road. Lots of breathing space.
Arkansas back road. No truck traffic here!
Our next stop of note was at Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. The Fordyce Bath House (above) was proclaimed the best in Hot Springs in 1915. In 1989, the building, which was closed since 1962, reopened as the park visitor center and museum after extensive restoration work.
The bath house facilities were quite lavish. This stained glass ceiling was above the women’s spa.
The gymnasium features state-of-the art equipment from 1915. Other exhibits include furniture and equipment of the time: steam cabinets, mechano-therapy equipment, tubs, massage tables, sitz tubs, chiropody tools, and hydrotherapy equipment.
Today, the Quapaw Bathhouse offers a modern-day spa with coed pools and spa services.
The Grand Promenade provides a picturesque place to stroll and enjoy the elegance of a bygone time.
One of 47 hot springs around the immediate area.
A touch of spring.
How is this for good marketing? Of course we had to try it. Good, but not the best we’ve ever had.
The park is quite spread out, so we had to drive to visit different areas. On our way to one scenic area we came across Tiny Town USA. While we felt the $6 admission fee was a bit steep, the owner, whose father and grandfather had built the “trains across America” exhibit over 68 years, provided an entertaining guided tour.
Except for the trains and metal cars and trucks everything was handmade from repurposed materials.
Too bad we came through on a Sunday as Miss Vicki’s in Trimble, Tennesee could have been an interesting lunch stop.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, Tennessee.
Historic entrance at Mammoth Caves National Park in Kentucky. Featured is the world’s longest cave. We toured just a small portion of it and hiked around other areas of the park a bit.
Here we are camped out at Chris and Drew’s house on Possum Trot Lane in Leburn, Kentucky. They just moved here from Southern California last summer.
I went to grammar school with Chris and don’t believe we’ve seen each other since 6th grade. Gotta love finding old friends on Facebook!
The Kentucky DOT had their work cut out for them building the roads here. Most seem to be carved through hard rock mountains.
Many back road homes across America feature a collection of seemingly discarded stuff. This is actually a rather moderate example, but one I could inconspicuously photograph.
Lots of curvy-wurvy roads in these parts.
I found Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia on my AllStays Camp and RV app listed as a free place to overnight park, but it turned out to be much more. Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia is the nation’s first purpose-built showcase of regional handcrafts, fine art and cuisine. It comprises a warmly decorated retail store, working studios for resident artisans, a fine art gallery, a theater, A Taste of West Virginia food court, and a conference center. Al and I enjoyed perusing the very high quality artisan arts and crafts plus a simple meal out before retiring in their quiet parking lot. Thank you West Virginia. Every state should have a center like this!
Our lunch view in the Alleghany Highlands in Virginia.
Falling Spring Falls is a breathtaking 80-foot cascade.
And more driving…
On the last morning of March we awoke to these ice crystals on the skylight above our pillows.
We got snowed on in Upstate New York the morning of our last full day of driving. It was straight home from here. Maybe we should have stayed in California a bit longer…
We thank all our wonderful friends (old and new), family members, fellow Westy owners, in addition to the Boondockers Welcome and Harvest Host members who have enriched our travel experience in so many ways. We deeply appreciate your hospitality!